Grow a Vibrant Twitter Following

How to get more Twitter followers, an article by bestselling author Christine Nolfi.This Chatty Kathy can’t lie: I love Twitter.

Some authors think of tweeting as just another chore, but I find the site invaluable for connecting with readers and sharing publishing industry news with other authors. Book reviewers find me on Twitter. So do families that have adopted children, as I have.

Do I spend endless hours on Twitter? No. My work day revolves around a strict writing schedule. But I do find time throughout the week to spend several minutes catching up with friends in the Twitterverse.

Wondering how you can quickly increase your followers? It’s easy.

Engage. If you’re simply lurking, you’re wasting a valuable opportunity to connect with friends who may become readers of your book. Pull something out of the main feed and comment. Send a tweet in the form of a question to encourage others to respond. Try to respond to most of the people who mention you in a tweet. Congratulate a twitter friend on a recent success, commiserate, tweet a tongue-in-cheek response—use every opportunity possible to show the flesh and blood person behind the persona.

No eggheads, please. Use a professional, attractive photo. Social media is social, and people want to know they’re interacting with a human being. Reserve the avatar of your favorite comic book character for your computer wallpaper. It doesn’t belong on Twitter.

Provide Useful Content. Twitter is a large, boisterous cocktail party. If you have something interesting or helpful to say, people will listen. Prior to writing fiction I owned a PR firm, and my past expertise often leads to blog posts (like this one) tailored to help other writers.

Follow Back. This should be obvious. Unless the follower strikes you as bizarre, follow back. Use a program like http://justunfollow.com to accept the follows of many people quickly, and unfollow anyone who doesn’t follow back within several days.

Follow First. Don’t be shy—if you’re tweeting with a friend and others jump into the conversation, follow them. Or search hashtags for topics of interest. I’m an adoptive mother and have met many similar families on Twitter through #parenting and #adoption. I’m also a middle-aged gym rat and meet other like-minded souls through #exercise, #healthy and #relax.

Balance Your Stream. Send out a variety of promotional, helpful, timely and amusing tweets. Avoid programming an overwhelming number of “Buy my book” pleas with no interaction peppered in between. Don’t retweet constantly without engaging from time to time.

Have Fun. If you view Twitter as yet another chore on the self-publishing road, you’re missing the platform’s sheer power and connectivity. I’ve met fascinating people from across the globe. Many of my Twitter friends have gone on to purchase my books, offer to review or lend advice in one of my areas of interest. With an investment of several minutes each week, you’ll enjoy the same success.

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About Christine Nolfi

I owned a small public relations firm in Cleveland, Ohio, but closed it fifteen years ago after I traveled to the Philippines and adopted a sibling group of four children. I've been writing novels fulltime since 2004. If you enjoyed this post today, please follow me and subscribe to my blog.

Comments

  1. Christine,
    As I read through all of the above, munching my breakfast cereal, multi-tasking is a must, I knew my special internet guru had guided me to where I needed to be; spot on. My first book is to be published around the first of the year, and even though I have, at times, considered myself to be an intelligent person, I am treading rigorously to stay afloat as I navigate this new adventure called ‘indieland’. I found your link, a new follower from Twitter said I might like to check your link. What an understatement! As I read each article, well actually, I just read a few words of each post, so excited, just as a child is when entering a toy store; so many wonderful things, each one better than the last, I took a deep breath, knowing I would finish the cereal, get a cup of coffee, and then read each article completely, probably several times. You have taken the time to write articles that really give information one can apply, not a few words that address a problem issue, like ‘you need to develop a following’.
    Thank you. I have listed my new website above, It is not perfect, yet, but it is a start. I am working on twitter, and a blog; FB, I do okay there. I list on the website why it has taken me so long to travel this new journey. Be well, and thank you again.

    Barbara

    • Christine Nolfi says:

      Barbara, a thousand thanks for your kind words. All of my posts are written from the heart–I probably should worry about growing a following, but that appears to happen organically. Like so many successful indie authors, I stumbled into this madcap form of publishing after working with several lit agents and learning that although NY editors loved my books, they were never quite sure what to do with the genre-blended works. So I chose indie.

      I think it’s important for all of us on this difficult path to share the knowledge, encourage each other, and build a truly nurturing publishing experience. Btw, your website is lovely.

      Wishing you all the best with your January release!

      • Thanks so much for your reply. I (almost everyday) question my sanity in pursuing this adventure at my age, but then, I have never considered age to be relevant. If I can get up in the morning, I feel I am ahead of the game. My professional career in the field of medical administration, usually entailed a 16 hour day, but as I stated, I married young, had my children boom-boom x four, getting my degree at the same time, so most of my life I have traveled at warp speed. My desire right now is to get all my ducks, (publishing needs) in a row so I can get back to writing. I can no longer deny the fact that, although I love to write, love the adventurous places my characters take me, I write to escape the pain and anguish of the loss of my sons. You made a wonderful decision when you gathered your children to your breast, offering them the precious gift of a family, so I know I do not need to tell you to cherish each and every moment you share with them.

        Again, thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to reply, and for your words of encouragement.

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